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        07-28-2014, 03:51 AM
    Oh my...please don't even consider this for a second.
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        08-01-2014, 02:02 PM
    Thanks for the advice. This is what I had been thinking too. The weird thing was she seemed so interested in getting me out to meet her horse earlier this week and then didn't hear from her until after I asked if she still wanted to meet up. Turns out in the meantime she wound up leasing her to another rider. This girl is in one of my Facebook groups and now she is thinking about trading her for a thorughbred/percheron yearling. Clearly this was not the right horse for me or the right person from me to lease from. I've already had a few falls in my first year of riding so I know how painful that is.

    I have been working all summer to earn lease time on one of the lesson horses at the stable I ride at. That was the original plan and I'm happy to stick to it. These are older geldings and I've already been riding them. With my mom on dialysis, being a full time student and working with Red (the horse I'm rehabbing from a stifle injury) this is probably all I have time for anyway. Thanks!
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        08-01-2014, 04:05 PM
    Good plan!
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        08-03-2014, 09:55 PM
    In addition to what the others have said, there is another problem with putting a lot of money and time into somebody else's horse, even if the horse was one that was appropriate for your experience level. You put your heart and soul into the horse but it isn't yours and it is very hard when the horse is taken back by the owner. I'm still relatively new to horses and the horse world and the etiquette that is associated with it but I do not feel it would be at all fair to have to pay so much to exercise and care for somebody else's horse even if the horse was appropriate for your skill level.
        08-03-2014, 11:29 PM
    All good advice from an individual in a similar situation . By instructors and others suggest (guilt me) that I lease, but I read so many stories and hear so much advice that my brain bucks and bolts at time.
    Right now I have standing lesson on Saturdays so at that hour "Georgia" is mine. I always spend about 8 - 10 hours every weekend just to clean tack, groom, and muck.
    I certainly don't have to, but it allows me to be around the horse . It's a gift to myself.
    I enjoy this ritual so much that I hate to alter it, regardless of the slight pressure I'm getting from others.
    My heart says if it truly works, then simply continue. Agree ?
        08-03-2014, 11:32 PM
    I apologize for straying a bit from the original subject, but the timing of Jaerick's leasing question really hit home

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